kibble

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[kib-uh l]
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verb (used with object), kib·bled, kib·bling.
  1. to grind or divide into particles or pellets, as coarse-ground meal or prepared dry dog food.
noun
  1. grains or pellets resulting from a kibbling process.

Origin of kibble

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First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain

kibble

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[kib-uh l]
noun British.
  1. an iron bucket used in mines for hoisting ore.

Origin of kibble

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First recorded in 1665–75, kibble is from the German word Kübel pail, vat
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kibble

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noun
  1. British a bucket used in wells or in mining for hoisting

Word Origin for kibble

C17: from German Kübel; related to Old English cyfel, ultimately from Medieval Latin cuppa cup

kibble

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verb
  1. (tr) to grind into small pieces
noun
  1. US and Canadian ground meal formed into pellets and used as pet food

Word Origin for kibble

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for kibble
n.

"ground-up meat used as dog food, etc.," apparently from the verb meaning "to bruise or grind coarsely," attested from 1790, first in milling, but of unknown origin. The same or an identical word was used in the coal trade in the late 19c. and in mining from the 1670s for "bucket used to haul up ore or waste."

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